Two missing after gas carrier explosion
Chinese rescue teams were searching for two missing Filipino seafarers on Monday after an explosion onboard the liquefied petroleum gas carrier, Golden Crux 18, which was sailing in the Yangtze river estuary near Shanghai.
A further 12 seafarers, comprising 11 Filipinos and a Burmese, were rescued from the blazing 1995-built, 2,999 dwt tanker, which was owned by Japan"s Daiichi Tanker.
The two missing seafarers include the ship"s second engineer.
The cause of the explosion, which occurred around 2235 hrs on Sunday, was still unknown on Monday.
The vessel was sailing from Nantong in China"s Jiangsu province to South Korea to load a LPG cargo.
The Panama-flagged tanker was insured through the Japan Shipowners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association